"Women" an eloquent look at Iranian history
Hollywood Reportervia reuters

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – As Iran's regime continues to stir world concerns, films about Iranian history take on added interest. Director Shirin Neshat was born in Iran, but her controversial photographs and experimental videos have made it impossible for her to return; she now lives in New York. Neshat's first feature, "Women Without Men," looks back at the crucial moment in 1953 when democratically elected President Mohammed Mossadegh was overthrown in a coup engineered by England and the U.S.

This beautifully made film (which won the best director award at last year's Venice Film Festival) is the very definition of an art-house movie with limited appeal, but its political import gives it added talking points that will draw attention after it opens April 9.

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